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Lighting plays a huge part in creating a theatrical atmosphere in any entertainment environment. From clubs to concert venues, it is often the lighting effects that help to make a setting that bit more exciting.


In a club, lighting installations need to be flexible as they are likely to be used for quite some time. With the level of competition that exists in the nightclub industry, it is important to make sure that lighting design will stand the test of time and remain impactful for the entirety of its use. In order to create a theme that would keep on impressing over time, leisure company No Saints wanted to develop a surreal and exciting playground known as ‘Wonderworld’ on the site of a former nightclub in Milton Keynes. The 1800 capacity venue was designed around an incredible idea of a nightclub twin-scene, named ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Yesterday’, linked by an enchanting ‘Secret Garden’ cocktail lounge set behind impressive wrought iron gates. Much of the kudos goes to SGM, whose inspired retro and new age lighting was provided by their UK distributor, LED Projects, to installation


company Nightlife Consultancy. Lighting design support was also provided, as well as several miles of LED tape and the company’s own matrix LED dancefloor, which was used in the retro ‘Yesterday’ clubroom. The ‘Yesterday’ area of the club, as you may well imagine, focuses on a bygone era. Complete with a sea of LED tape and infinity mirrors enhancing the nostalgic feel, the graduated dancefloor hues are animated further by beams from eight SGM IDEA Scan 250’s. This classic moving mirror effect was perfect for the area, and the fully-featured product from SGM, which contains a customisable wheel with six adjustable speeds and rotating gobos, proved to be a perfect choice.


It is in the exciting ‘Tomorrow’ area of the club that SGM’s products were really able to come into their own. A 6m diameter inner circular truss is adorned with eight SGM IDEA Beam 300’s and eight SGM Galileo 1200’s. These products scatter beams around a Madrix-controlled acrylic backed 3D pixel tube chandelier, which is comprised of twelve spokes, each suspending twelve tubes with individual pixel control.


The highlight of the ‘Tomorrow’ area


is SGM’s new generation strobe effects, with six X-5 LED strobes flooding the dancefloor with white light. SGM state that the X-5 draws around one fifth of conventional strobe power, so the Wonderworld venue’s new lighting installation can also boast energy saving credentials. Environmental consideration is having a somewhat surprising impact on the entertainment lighting industry. This can only be a good thing, and shows the extent of the lighting industry’s commitment to energy saving. Spanish lighting designer Oscar Gallardo has shown a consideration for energy and cost-savings for the latest tour of Joan Manuel Serrat and Joaquin Sabina. Gallardo has worked with Serrat


Adjacent Page: Spanish lighting designer Oscar Gallardo creates an excellent setting for the Serrat and Sabina with fixtures from Martin Professional. This Page: The ‘Wonderland’ club in Milton Keynes has an incredible sense of atmosphere thanks in no small part to some incredible fixtures from SGM.


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